Brian Dozier
Twins' Brian Dozier: Hits solo shot in loss to Tigers
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
7/23/2017
News: Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored during Sunday's loss to Detroit.

The second baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games and has three bombs, seven RBI and eight runs during that stretch. Dozier is posting another solid fantasy campaign, and he could be in the beginning stages of a second-half outburst.

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Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve: Goes 4-for-5 with three-run shot
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
7/23/2017
News: Altuve went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and a stolen base during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

Altuve continues to live up to his lofty preseason billing with a .358/.424/.564 slash line, 15 homers, 56 RBI, 21 stolen bases and 68 runs. It's extremely rare to find that level of cross-category production, and it's even more valuable coming from a middle infielder.

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Whit Merrifield
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Slugs two homers in win
Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC
7/23/2017
News: Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs and a walk in Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

Merrifield hit the first of three consecutive Royals homers off Derek Holland in the bottom of the fourth inning, then added another solo shot off reliever Dan Jennings to tie the game 4-4 in the eighth. The 28-year-old second baseman has been a tremendous spark plug at the top of the order, having swiped 16 bags to go with 10 long balls this year. Four of those 10 home runs have come in the month of July after Merrifield failed to hit one in June.

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Cliff Pennington
Angels' Cliff Pennington: Three-game starting streak ends
Cliff Pennington, 2B, LAA
7/23/2017
News: Pennington is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

Pennington had logged the previous three starts at second base, but that was only because the opposition rolled out left-handed starters in each of those contests. With righty Rick Porcello on the mound for Boston in the series finale, Pennington will give way to Nick Franklin, who is expected to see the bulk of the starts at the keystone on the strong side of a platoon.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Out Sunday with sore knee
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
7/23/2017
News: Pedroia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels due to a sore knee, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

The knee issue has been an ongoing concern for Pedroia, who has missed games due to the injury every month this season after first hurting himself in a collision with the Orioles' Manny Machado in an April 21 game. The Red Sox haven't indicated that Pedroia will require a trip to the disabled list as a result of the injury, but Mastrodonato notes that the team will likely recall an extra infielder from the minors ahead of Monday's series opener in Seattle in anticipation of a potential multi-game absence for the former American League MVP.

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Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Smashes 21st home run Saturday
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
7/22/2017
News: Schoop went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Astros.

Schoop left the yard for the second consecutive evening, giving him 21 on the year. He's broken out in a big way this season, slashing .303/.349/.552.

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Starlin Castro
Yankees' Starlin Castro: Returns to DL with hamstring problem
Starlin Castro, 2B, NYY
7/22/2017
News: Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday due to a hamstring issue, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

Castro missed time prior to the All-Star break due to this injury as well, so it may go to explain some of his struggles since returning. It's unclear how long this will keep him sidelined, although more information should be divulged soon. Tyler Wade will his spot on the active roster for the time being.

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Tyler Wade
Yankees' Tyler Wade: Ticketed for big leagues
Tyler Wade, 2B, NYY
7/22/2017
News: Wade was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

After struggling during his first cup of coffee in the big leagues earlier this season, Wade will make a return trip to the Bronx for part two. The top prospect is doing well at the Triple-A level (.313 batting average, 26 stolen bases), so he could provide some value in deeper leagues and in AL-only leagues based off his speed alone.

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Nick Franklin
Angels' Nick Franklin: Sits versus lefty again Saturday
Nick Franklin, 2B, LAA
7/22/2017
News: Franklin is not in the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

This marks the second lefty in a row that Franklin will not face, which makes it seem like he and fellow switch-hitter Cliff Pennington are in a full-blown platoon at second base. Although Franklin has the fortune of being on the larger side of the timeshare, his uninspiring batting line on the season makes him a rather unattractive asset in most fantasy formats.

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Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: Smacks fourth home run Friday
Brad Miller, 2B, TB
7/22/2017
News: Miller went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

Miller erased the Rays' early 1-0 deficit with a 437-foot shot to center in the fourth, his fourth round tripper of the season and second since returning from an extended stay on the disabled list due to a groin injury. The slugging infielder has an RBI in each of his last three contests and seven overall in 10 July games.

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